Meta-study of 3000 studies on climate change impacts finds likelihood of multiple cascading crises

November 21st, 2018 by Steve Hanley in Clean Technica on a study published November 19 in the journal Nature Climate Change entitled “Broad threat to humanity from cumulative climate hazards intensified by greenhouse gas emissions.” Warmer average global temperatures are producing stronger storms with higher winds and more rain, droughts, wildfires, rising ocean levels, scarcity of clean water, flooding, and heat waves. But we ain’t seen …

Newly found documents from the 1980s show that fossil fuel companies privately predicted the global damage that would be caused by their products.

By Benjamin Franta, Shell and Exxon’s secret 1980s climate change warnings, in The Guardian, Wed 19 Sep 2018   A Royal Dutch Shell logo. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA One day in 1961, an American economist named Daniel Ellsberg stumbled across a piece of paper with apocalyptic implications. Ellsberg, who was advising the US government on its secret nuclear war plans, had discovered a document that …

Study: Social cost of carbon emissions much higher than what U.S. is using

New study finds incredibly high carbon pollution costs – especially for the US and India, Guardian, October 1, 2018, and Climate change will cost U.S. more in economic damage than any other country but one, Inside Climate News, September 24, 2018. A study (abstract only) by an international team of researchers uses social costs of carbon calculations to estimate how …

US to be hit worse than almost any other country by climate change, report says

US to be hit worse than almost any other country by climate change, report says The US will be hit harder than almost any other country by climate change, according to a new study. For the first time, researchers have calculated the economic damage of carbon emissions – known as the “social cost of carbon (SCC)” – on individual countries, …

Can Parks Make Kids Better at Math?

By RACHEL DOVEY, in NextCity, Sept 11, 2018 Central Park in New York City. (Credit: Library of Congress) Kids need parks — from obesity and asthma rates to psychological indicators, research repeatedly shows that green space has a tremendous impact on children’s health.  But could trees, swings and bike paths also make kids good at math? A study published this month in the British Journal of …

Bringing forward climate impacts and liability in hearings in September and November in NYC and the Philippines

From Dr. Pedro Walpole SJ Seemingly forgotten public documents and scientific studies are revealing the extent of the fossil fuel industry’s research on climate change as early as the late 1950s along with the warnings from the industry’s scientists, but these were taken over by the cover-ups and misinformation that followed during the 1970s and 1980s.  (For a detailed history …

50% Of Industrial Climate Change Emissions Tied To Fossil Fuel Companies

The Rocky Mountain Institute recently released a report titled Decarbonization Pathways for Mines: A Headlamp in the Darkness, in which it was stated that in 2015, half of worldwide industrial greenhouse gas emissions came from 50 companies working in fossil-fuel industries.  This statement was a reference to a previously published report from the Carbon Disclosure Project. See full article at https://cleantechnica.com/2018/08/28/50-of-industrial-climate-change-emissions-tied-to-fossil-fuel-companies/

Warmest May ever in the US, and temps 3 degrees F (1.7 C) over the 20th century average in June. 30% of states in drought. 401st consecutive month with above avg temps worldwide

By Christie Aschwanden, in Five Thirty Eight, July 19, 2018 A man cools off in the spray of a fire hydrant during a heatwave in Philadelphia this month. JESSICA KOURKOUNIS / GETTY IMAGES It’s only July, but it has already been a long, hot spring and summer. The contiguous U.S. endured the warmest May ever recorded, and in June, the average temperature was 1.7 degrees Celsius (3.0 …

The major groups of insects responsible for pollination are particularly sensitive to warming, and insects, vital to ecosystems, will lose almost half their habitat under current climate projections

Damian Carrington Environment editor, The Guardian, Thu 17 May 2018, Climate change on track to cause major insect wipeout, scientists warn  The famous migration of the North American monarch butterfly is one of the most well-documented examples of an insect species affected by climate change. Photograph: Joel Sartore/NG/Getty Images Global warming is on track to cause a major wipeout of insects, compounding already …

Monsanto trial on decades of hiding the cancer-causing dangers of its popular Roundup herbicide products to start next month

On 18 June, Johnson will become the first person to take the global seed and chemical company to trial on allegations that it has spent decades hiding the cancer-causing dangers of its popular Roundup herbicide products – and his case has just received a major boost. Last week Judge Curtis Karnow issued an order clearing the way for jurors to consider not just scientific …